Sanders Park, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Refurbished Playground Encourages Active Play

Bromsgrove

Brief

Sanders Park is Bromsgrove’s Premier Green Flag Park, receiving more than 450,000 visitors a year and hosting many events and activities. The play ground had been updated in 2005 and some of the original scheme was left in, which was in need of replacing along with the old safety surfacing. One of the aims was to replace the old climbing units with something more innovative.

Client

Jackie Boreham, Parks and Green Space Recreation Officer for Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils, said: “The expressions of gratitude from parents and children have been fantastic – we have also received emails to thank us for our efforts in creating this great new facility!”

A letter from a parent published in Bromsgrove’s local paper read: “I took my three boys, aged 11, eight and five, last week and they had a fantastic time. The new equipment is so well suited to older children and provides a challenge as well as something new and exciting to use. It will bring hours of fun, exercise and excitement to lots of children.”

Design & Build

Anecdotal consultation was carried out during the summer months with children and parents in the park by Bromsgrove District Council’s Park Information Assistants. Several suggestions emerged, for example it was suggested that more swings should be installed as they are heavily used during the summer months.

The Equipment

As well as the installation of the Mission unit, the playground also saw its old bark areas and decking replaced with accessible, colourful safety surfacing. The old equipment has been replaced with toddler and junior climbing equipment and many new swings including two inclusive swings from Sutcliffe Play.

Two large spinning nets and tyre swings have been re-located to improve the scheme and provide separated toddler and junior zones. A grassed picnic area was created with curved block paving and edging, stone seating and informal stepping stones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Details
ClientBromsgrove and Redditch Council
Cost
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GenreLandscape, Community, Youth